Age Advice: 9 - 13
Witchplay is a play written by Michael Maynard for Theatre Centre in 1979. This play was toured to schools for audiences aged 9 to 13.
This is a story about school children rehearsing for a play called The Witch of Wistley, in time for the Harvest Festival. The school play is about a girl who was branded a witch and burned, but she wasn’t actually a witch, she just had a limp and a squint. Linda and Sandy are two girls in class who bully Stuart for being smart and always falling ill. When James the teacher notices some bullying in class, he uses this play to make Linda see sense and find compassion. During a break, after a day of rehearsals Linda begins to dream about the true story of the ‘witch and she becomes the witch herself in the play. She see’s how horrible it is to be put in a situation where you have to defend yourself and no-one believes you.
Writer: Mike Maynard
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A copy of the script is held in Theatre Centre’s archive.
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